The former president argued that the conflict that keeps the Santa Cruz region on day 20 of an indefinite strike must be resolved politically in the Legislative
The conflict increases over the date of the census in Bolivia (EFE)
The opposition Citizen Community (CC) of former president Carlos Mesa This Wednesday, he presented a bill for the Bolivian Parliament to define that the population census be carried out on October 25, 2023.
In a press conference, Mesa argued that the conflict over the census that keeps the Santa Cruz region on day 20 of an indefinite strike must “be resolved politically” in the Legislative because “the technical elements are more than discussed”.
Parliament can “set the date for the census” and that is the appropriate scenario “to resolve this pending agenda on the basis of an authentic discussion,” remarked the CC leader, accompanied by the deputies and senators of his party in La Paz. .
The regulatory proposal has a single article in which it is indicated that the census will be held on “Wednesday, October 25, 2023″.
Roads closed in Santa Cruz (EFE)
Mesa insisted that according to the Constitution the organization of censuses is a “private” task of the central level of the State and that it can be exercised from the President's Executive < b>Luis Arce as well as the Legislative.
The former president considered that this proposal “resolves the possibility of a crisis of dramatic confrontation in the coming days” in Santa Cruz.
In the same vein, the also former Bolivian president Jorge Quiroga proposed before meeting with civic leaders in Santa Cruz a similar formula “law kills decree” and that the alternative to resolve this conflict is that a higher norm emerges from Parliament.
For his part, former president Evo Moraleshas insisted that Arce announce a “solution” to overcome the conflict over the census with a “final date”.
The strike has been going on for 20 days in Santa Cruz (EFE)
The also leader of the ruling Movement for Socialism (MAS) warned in recent days about the consequences of the strike and the conflicts that are destroying “the family economy” and advocated a dialogue that gives some answer.
The technical commission led by the Government and made up of representatives from the nine regions of the country defined that the population census could be carried out between March and April 2024, one month earlier and that the precise date is in the hands of President Arce.
Santa Cruz leads the protests so that the national registration is carried out in 2023 so that its data is applied in 2025, the year in which presidential elections are scheduled.
The census was scheduled for this month, but the government postponed it until 2024 on the grounds of technical problems and the need to “depoliticize” the process for the good of the “quality” of the data.
(With information from EFE)